« Back To SRQ Daily Archive

SRQ DAILY Jun 29, 2015

Monday Business Edition

Please allow images to view this email properly

Monday Business Edition

"A lot of products are going back and forth, and people in the manufacturing industry want to expand their portfolio of clients here."

- Jorge R. Chacon, Jorolco International Ventures

[Workforce]  Popular Jobs

Retail remains king when it comes to employing the most people in Sarasota County, according to the 2015 Community Report Card released earlier this year by SCOPE. 

[International]  Connecting to Colombia
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

As the relationship between the United States and some Latin American nations improves, Jorge Chacón, founder of International Jorolco Ventures, hopes opportunities for business in Southwest Florida arise. The Sarasota businessman right now is organizing a trade mission to Colombia, optimistic that improvements in industry and tourism there could mean a chance for trade and profits here.

“The face of that country has changed in many ways,” Chacón said. Enough so that the U.S. government last year signed a new trade agreement, and more businesses are working with American companies again. “A lot of products are going back and forth, and people in the manufacturing industry want to expand their portfolio of clients here.”

Jorolco and its subsidiary International Business Alliance will lead a trade mission scheduled July 5 through 15. Chacón hopes to turn the event into an annual sojourn. For this first trip, he wants to find around 30 business leaders in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The trip will include visits to capitol city Bogotá, industrial hub Medellín, coffee-rich Pereira and tourism hotbed Cartagena de Indias. Chacón says now is an important time for improved relations with Colombia, as improvements to Port Manatee have improved shipping avenues tremendously, and when a widening of the Panama Canal is completed next year, even more of Colombia will be easily accessible by boat. Already, new maga-tanker routes have been announced. 

And Chacón also wants to make sure trade missions move both directions. The Pasaporte USA event (the name translates from Spanish to “Passport to the USA”) has been scheduled Oct. 3-11 in Sarasota, and he plans to bring leaders from Colombian chambers of commerce here to connect with manufacturers headquartered this side of the Gulf of Mexico. 

[Agenda]  Sarasota Takes Up Development Issues

Sarasota County Commission: The board meets Tuesday for a special meeting to consider a series of continued public hearings on planning and development issues, include a substantial deviation for the Sarasota Interstate Park of Commerce and a rezone petition for land near Interstate-75 and University Parkway. The meeting begins at 3pm.

Bradenton City Council: The board meets Wednesday for a workshop with council members. The workshop is scheduled for 9am at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium. 

Sarasota County Commission

[Exec Moves]  Six New Directors on Van Wezel Foundation

The Van Wezel Foundation announced the addition of six new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the board are Maryann Armour, Herta Cuneo, Andrew Hall, Dave Maraman, Elaine McClure and Joel Schleicher. In addition, Shaun Merriman, former treasurer, has been appointed to the position of chairman, replacing past chair Mike Martella. Ali Bahaj will replace Merriman as treasurer. Merriman, a 30-year banking veteran, is president and CEO of Gateway Bank and has been involved with the Van Wezel Foundation board since January 2009. Ali Bahaj is a former CEO of Caterpillar Japan, a joint venture with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and has been involved with the Van Wezel Foundation since June 2014.


Van Wezel Foundation

[Rebranding]  Next-Mark Launches New Brand and Website

Next-Mark, a full-service marketing, creative strategy and communications agency, announced its rebranded identity, including a new tagline, logo and website. The company’s new tagline is "Content to Conversation," which highlights the need for client companies to evolve beyond simple creation of content to having a meaningful and comprehensive conversation about its brands. 


[Launch]  New SMH Baby App for Mothers

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System launched the free app SMH Baby, designed to help guide women through their pregnancy and delivery. The app is available immediately for download from the App Store on iPhone/IOS devices and from Google Play for Android devices. After entering the baby’s due date and basic information, expectant moms (and dads) can enjoy weekly “milestones” that appear as different fruits (representing the size of the baby growing inside) and reminders, such as when to pick a pediatrician and register for childbirth preparation classes, as well as keep track of doctor’s appointments and other important dates. The app also includes useful tools women can use, including week-by-week education on the development of the baby, information and links to other resources and tools like the Kick Counter, Weight Tracker, Hospital Packing List and Contraction Timer.


Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System

[Exec Moves]  Oynick Appointed Director at Forty Carrots

Flora Oynick has been appointed as preschool director of the Forty Carrots Family Center. She joined Forty Carrots in January as a parenting educator and transitioned into the preschool director position in May when the outgoing preschool director, Rebecca Lockwood, moved into a preschool teacher position. Oynick brings over 30 years of early childhood education teaching and management to Forty Carrots, one of only three preschools in Sarasota accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She has a master’s degree in education and a bachelor's degree in education with a certification in early childhood. She is a former preschool director for Temple Beth Sholom Prechool. 

Forty Carrots Family Center

SRQ Media Group

SRQ DAILY is produced by SRQ | The Magazine. Note: The views and opinions expressed in the Saturday Perspectives Edition and in the Letters department of SRQ DAILY are those of the author(s) and do not imply endorsement by SRQ Media. Senior Editor Jacob Ogles edits the Saturday Perspective Edition, Letters and Guest Contributor columns. For rates on SRQ DAILY banner advertising and sponsored content opportunities, please contact Ashley Ryan Cannon at 941-365-7702 x211 or via email

Copyright © 2020 by SRQ Media Group, 331 South Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236.
Powered by Sarasota Web Design | Unsubscribe

Read More

Fourth Wave Coffee

Brace for the Fourth Wave of Coffee at the Newest Cafes

Britt Mattie | Jan 15, 2020

Living on the Veg

Living on the Veg

Brittany Mattie | Jan 10, 2020

Grey Matters

Grey Matters

Brittany Mattie | Jan 10, 2020

Don't Worry, Bee Happy

Don't Worry, Bee Happy

Brittany Mattie | Jan 10, 2020